A visit to an Orphanage is a life-changing experience as it is filled with emotions and sentiments. We were lucky to get an opportunity to visit an Orphanage named Salaam Balak Trust (shelter home for boys) on December 31, 2016. There were around 40 children with 4 care-takers and a woman in charge.
It was a two-storey building with a terrace. The walls of the home were old and the paint had worn off. It looked like the house was without maintenance for years. There was a common hall. There were mattresses pilled up and small red and yellow color lockers. There were few bunk beds too.
Most of the children were watching TV when we entered. Few boys were having breakfast and many boys were out for studies. The age group of the children were ranging from 5 years to 14 years. When we entered, most of the children started staring at us.
We had brought food, coldrinks, books, chocolates, pens, etc. with us. We segregated ourselves and went to talk individually to everyone. Many of us started playing indoor games with the children, while many choose to play outdoor games.
After interacting with children, we found out that everyone had been to Magic Show a day before our visit. Everyone were so active and happy there. Elder children were informing us about the rules and regulation that everyone in the shelter is supposed to follow. Like no one can leave the Shelter without permission, no one can click a close-up pic of the children, etc.
After visiting the orphanage
you start appreciating the little things in life when you see people who don’t have them. Only at such times do you tide over the insignificant and immaterial things and appreciate the bigger picture.
I feel extremely fortunate that I HAVE MY PARENTS WITH ME, THESE LITTLE ANGELS DON’T.